Decorate your Kitchen for the Holidays with Natural Elements
If your house is like mine, everyone seems naturally to gather in the kitchen. During this season the familiar activities, the enticing aromas, and the warmth spontaneously draw us together. We are reminded of holidays past and nourished with love and hope for the future.
To continue that feeling of homemade cookies and hand-knitted mittens, bring the outside into your kitchen with natural elements. Think of cedar branches, magnolia leaves, holly and rosemary for greenery. Add touches of red with sparkleberry, nandina, and bittersweet. And don’t forget the pinecones! Take a walk in the woods and look for color and texture to bring home.
Tuck the greenery and berries into pitchers, the corners inside your china cabinet, copper pots, or anything that will hold it. A little greenery adds instant Christmas cheer. Entwine the branches through the chandelier over your table, or make a simple garland to drape over the window. Make small wreaths from rosemary branches – the scent goes great with cedar and pine. Holiday Greenery 101 from Martha Stewart gives some great tips for keeping your greenery fresh.
Now your kitchen is the perfect setting for an impromptu social gathering. Since this time is about making memories in the kitchen, give yourself a break and keep preparations simple. Laying out a beautiful charcuterie board can be done with a quick trip to most grocery stores, and your friends and family will think you’re the hippest foodie around.
It all starts with the board. Choose antique cutting boards in odd shapes for that rustic modern farmhouse feel of Fresh Character. Or try a slab of olive wood like this one from Sur La Table. It’s certainly a bold and eccentric statement piece that is sure to compliment your Colorful Allure tendencies. Whatever your taste, this is the perfect opportunity to express your individual style.
Next layer up a variety of cured meats, cheeses, pickles, dried fruits, chutneys, and crackers. In this article from Epicurious, How to Build A Charcuterie Board Like A Pro, owner and salumist from Portland’s Olympia Provisions, gives some great tips for putting out a killer charcuterie. Just add your favorite wine, and you’ll be talking about this evening for years to come.
In our hurry-up world of instant messaging and need-it-done-yesterday, we still have the longing to slow down and enjoy the company of our friends and family. Taking time to make memories in the kitchen brings us closer together and energizes us for the days to come.
Wishing you and yours a very happy holiday season.
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As lead Kitchen and Bath Designer for Waypoint Living Spaces®, my goal is to become a partner and support you in the creation of beautiful living spaces. As a busy mother of two, I have a true understanding and appreciation for a well-designed, functional space. That's why I'm here - to deliver expert support and content that makes your job easier. Together, let's achieve exactly what you have in mind!
Jennifer LeMarr, CKBD
Certified Kitchen and Bath Designer